Why Blue Pillar? We Love ALL of Your Energy Things!

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Blue Pillar brings a disruptive and innovative vision to revitalize the energy sector for the twenty-first century. We love all the Energy Things that power our modern world, and we strive to connect them using our Aurora® state-of-the-art energy controls and networking platform. Blue Pillar offers the widest breadth of connectivity to our customers. Most IoT solutions are not open or vendor-agnostic. They can only connect their own proprietary hardware and software systems into an Internet of THEIR Things. Blue Pillar is different and truly open. We can integrate any energy asset regardless of make, model, vintage, or type.  And we offer flexible scalability from a small network within a single sites to connecting multiple, distributed remote sites worldwide.

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Topics: Energy Management, Internet of Things, Energy IoT, Grid Edge, Energy Transformation

Enabling Automated Demand Response with Blue Pillar's Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS)

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on Jul 25, 2017 2:28:00 PM

 

WATCH VIDEO - DEMAND RESPONSE

Connectivity is giving companies and organizations of all sizes new access to revenue-generating opportunities, and Blue Pillar is making sure that our customers can take full advantage of the changing energy landscape. One of the most attractive potential value streams to many businesses exists in enrolling in a Demand Response program through a utility or DR aggregator. 

DR is defined as regional programs based on utility capabilities, where utilities enroll customers to reduce their energy demand in times where the grid is in unstable conditions. This cooperation is a win-win for large power consumers and grid stability — especially in the summer and in times of peak usage. Utilities will usually only call on facilities enrolled in the DR program once or twice annually, and in exchange they provide advanced warning of outages in addition to substantial payment structures.

While DR has always been lucrative, it has not always been an easy, "out-of-the-box" enablement story. Without a proven and open IoT platform to connect, control and automate different types of generation sources, large-scale DR has been difficult and painful to achieve. Some have struggled for a year or more trying to network disparate equipment in a way that could allow the behind-the-meter control necessary to enable DR. And the longer the struggle, the less lucrative the business case.

Working with a partner that is familiar with the energy environment within critical and complex facilities allows you to navigate the complex behind-the-meter environment. With Blue Pillar as your partner, you get the added benefit of working with a company that makes connectivity of your assets our primary focus. And while Blue Pillar has revolutionized DR enablement with connectivity to any DER (new or old) provided "out-of-the-box", today we introduce a concept that just made DR a lot easier and more financially rewarding.

With our Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS), aggregators and energy providers can deploy a no-touch, turnkey DR deployment that is self-prescribed and automated to their end-customer's behind-the-meter energy environment without sending a crew on site. Deployment is straightforward, convenient and fully maintained by Blue Pillar. Now anyone can have state-of-the-art control over behind-the-meter generation assets without settting foot behind the meter, and have the confidence the network will work as well on day 1 as it works on day 365.

With Blue Pillar's unique universal connectivity approach, Demand Response is just the tip of the iceberg. Once assets are connected, we unlock the value of data and control to DERs new and old that can create many exciting revenue streams from Energy Management to Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERMs). This offers more value to end customers and more competitive differentiation to service providers.

Ready to learn more? Keep up to date with the cutting edge of Energy IoT by following Blue Pillar on LinkedIn or download our case study to see how a large hospital facility used Blue Pillar to digitize their energy assets to get a payback in one year!

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Topics: Facility Management, Videos, Automated Demand Response, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy Efficiency, Energy IoT, Grid Edge, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 4: Parting Thoughts for Utilities

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As we’ve pointed out in the blog series, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), particularly in commercial and industrial (C&I) settings, are mushrooming. The U.S. Energy Information Administration Between estimates behind-the-meter distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent from 2011-2014. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years and DER capacity in the U.S. to double by 2024.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 3: Energy Network-as-a-Service

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Over the past five years, the utility industry has faced unprecedented technological disruptions brought on by Energy IoT. A plethora of new, grid-connected devices have formed complex IoT networks featuring a variety of energy assets such as smart meters, sensors and even street lights. But what makes these systems “smart’”? It is the data that drives them.

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Topics: Behing-the-Meter Connectivity, Energy IoT, DER, DERs, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 2: Addressing the Chaos Behind the Meter

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The energy environment behind the meter is becoming increasingly complex. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has more than 12 million distributed generation units, representing about one-sixth of the capacity of the nation’s existing centralized power plants. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 1: The DER Opportunity

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are mushrooming, particularly in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Consider this: Between 2011 and 2015, distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This growth represents a significant opportunity for energy and technology providers. Navigant Research says, “a new landscape is emerging in which a more sophisticated two-way grid of networked DERs is emerging which will pave the way for an Energy Cloud ecosystem valued at $1.3 trillion in new annual industry revenue by 2030.”

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, Energy Providers, DERs

Case Study: Health Care Providers Drive Energy Management Programs with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Energy management for healthcare clients is often a matter of life or death. When the grid fails, and extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances impact energy supplies, critical facilities like hospitals must continue to operate normally to ensure the quality of patient care and safety. To guarantee reliability and reduce costs, healthcare facilities requiring technology-centralized monitoring and control of their Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) turn to Blue Pillar. This blog, is about two Blue Pillar healthcare customers who capitalized on significant energy savings of $20,000 to $200,000 per site by implementing an energy management strategy using our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. Below, are their stories.

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Topics: Energy Management, Healthcare Facilities, Energy IoT, DERs, Case Study

Case Study: Energy Service Provider Drives Value & Innovation at the Grid Edge with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What if you could navigate the increasingly complex energy environment at your largest commercial energy customers to increase engagement and offer new services without ever stepping foot behind-the meter? That’s what one of the largest ESPs in the United States asked themselves which lead to a nationwide search for Energy IoT platforms from companies with experience behind-the-meter at large  Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sites.

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Topics: Distributed Generation, Resiliency, Grid Edge, Energy Providers, DERs, Case Study

How Healthcare Facilities Can Weather Any Storm

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Over the last year, Blue Pillar partnered with nonprofit Powered for Patients to create the Roadmap to Resiliency whitepaper. Our 35-page whitepaper discusses emergency power best practices and ways for healthcare facilities to safeguard emergency power through new technologies and innovative protocols. This blog is a short summary of our whitepaper, which is a valuable resource  for healthcare providers going into the ASHE 2017 Conference. If you are looking to set higher standards for patient care through improved resiliency and energy efficiency, learn more by download the full Whitepaper here

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Topics: Energy Management, Healthcare Facilities, Energy IoT